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Class A, Lincoln High vs. Millard South, 3/1/18

Lincoln High’s Natayah Wilson (24) defends as Millard South’s Jayme Horan (12) drives to the basket for two points in the first half Thursday during a Class A first-round state tournament game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Jayme Horan had many offers to play basketball at the Division I level, so there was plenty to consider.

One school, however, always stood above the rest for the Millard South multi-sport standout. So Horan called Creighton women's coach Jim Flanery on Sunday and told him she was committing to the Bluejays.

"The more I talked to my parents about it, they were like, 'Do you have any other schools that would beat (Creighton) out?,' and I was like, 'No, not really,'" Horan said Monday. "So I really decided, 'Why wait?' and I decided to commit."

In less than a week, the Bluejays have secured commitments from two of the state's top 2020 prospects in Horan and Crete's Morgan Maly. Both have similar skill sets. Their athleticism and quickness make them hard to defend in the post, but they're just as strong on the perimeter and with the ball in their hands.

"They play the style that I'm used to, which is push and go," Horan said of the Bluejays. "That's what really stood out to me, was it's really not that big of a change from my summer (All Nebraska Attack) or high school team. That's my comfort zone."

The 6-foot Horan, who is averaging more than 20 points per game as a junior, had a breakout sophomore season with the Patriots, earning Super-State third-team honors after averaging 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

A lengthy rehab — Horan missed nearly a year after tearing her ACL as a freshman — didn't stop her from emerging as one of the state's top players last season.

She only got better last summer on the club circuit, and started picking up offers — Colorado State, Illinois State, Wyoming, North Dakota, Omaha and North Dakota State. Creighton offered in August.

"They've always been top on my list, honestly," said Horan, who also was a first-team Super-State honoree in softball this past fall. "I really love their coaches and I love the school, and being in Omaha still really helps because I was wanting to stay closer to home, so it just felt like a perfect fit for me. I knew I always wanted to go there but I just wanted to sure that there wasn't anything else and that I was doing the right thing for myself."

Horan said it was helpful having another Division I recruit on her team. Junior guard Maddie Krull committed to South Dakota just before the start of the season.

"We went to each other and we'd ask each other a bunch of questions, especially at the beginning of all of it," Horan said. "It was just nice knowing that she knew what I was feeling or how stressed I would be from the days with it. She was always my go-to person, so it helps a lot."

Horan can turn her full attention to helping Millard South in its quest for a Class A state title. The Patriots are 8-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state while having to overcome some adversity. They lost senior point guard Bailey Urban to an ACL injury in a preseason jamboree game.

"With Bailey going out, we had to figure out who was going to be our fifth person, so a lot of it was who could step up and do what's best for the team," Horan said. "We've all had different roles in our game and it just shows how bad people want it and what we're willing to work for and do in practice to get us to that level where we should be."

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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